News Round-Up 3/21/14

Happy Friday! Still ill but medicated, hope everyone has exciting weekend plans. In the District we’re finally about to see some genuine spring weather, so ignore the rumored snow slated to hit next week and get out and enjoy the sunshine. In honor of this week’s pseudo return to pre-Berlin Wall days:

Edited to add:

Assorted Stand-Outs:

John McCain’s statement on being sanctioned by Putin: “I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen. Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”

South Asia:




Middle East & North Africa:

  • The US has canceled a summit with divided Gulf nations after a significant level of tension within the region.




  • Lebanon’s new government has officially been given the go-ahead after political deadlock.


Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood continue to face off.

East Asia:


Southeast Asia:


Europe & Eurasia:



  • Every Pole has probable cause to mistrust everyone. Especially when it involves Russia. Even moreso when it involves Russia and the West. So this is hardly shocking.


East Africa:


Latin America:


North America:


United States

The show, “Alice in Arabia,” tells the story of an American teenage girl who is kidnapped by her relatives and taken to Saudi Arabia, where she is kept as a prisoner in her Muslim grandfather’s home.

According to ABC’s plot summary, “Alice must count on her independent spirit and wit to find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said ABC Family is “promoting bigotry and stereotyping of millions of Arabs and Arab-Americans and billions of Muslims around the world” and said the show “perpetuates demeaning stereotypes.”

The show is problematic because it portrays Arabs as “kidnappers and oppressors of women, reinforces harmful stereotypical depictions of the communities as thieves, criminals, persons who engage in violent acts, captives and/or persecutors,” the ADC said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also expressed concern over the pilot’s potential to perpetuate stereotypes and orientalist views of the Middle East.

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